The Developmental Psychobiology Lab’s (DPB lab) research focuses on early life influences on development. During pregnancy and the early postnatal years, environmental factors are more likely to exert programming, or long-term, effects on the child’s development. Our lab’s research includes three lines: first, influences of prenatal maternal mental wellbeing on children’s health and behavioural development; second, development of the physiological stress system in children, and its relation to behavioural and emotional regulation and physical health. And third, the development of the intestinal microbiota and its relation to children’s health, behavioural and emotion regulation, and physiological stress system.


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  • Summer School 2021
    From 12 July – 16 July, members of the DPB lab successfully led the 4th edition of the Radboud Summer School course entitled: “Early programming: How early life shapes human development”. In its first online year, we were pleased to have…
  • A day in the life of a PhD-student
    Meet Hellen Lustermans, a PhD-student in our lab group. She is involved in the SMILEY-study and showed her work on the Radboudumc Instagram stories. Follow her on a day in the lab!
  • Interview KNAW Early Career Partnership
    Last year Roseriet Beijers won the KNAW Early Career Partnership. With this partnership we organized the Lactational Programming Meeting in November 2020. Roseriet has been interviewed by the KNAW to talk about this hybrid meeting and the meaning of…
  • Should childcare be for free?
    It has been a topic of conversation for quite some time. According to the report of the Social and Economic Council (SER), childcare (at least twice a week) should be affordable for all incomes. For many parents it is…